I was always taught that whenever I stayed over at a friend’s house, I was to ensure I respected my hosts and to leave their home having left a positive impact. After hitting this milestone of 100 blog posts, I finally understood what this lesson instilled in me. It was a lesson of self-respect.
We never grew up with much, well compared to my elder siblings I probably had a lot more, but we never had the material luxuries our friends or cousins had. It annoyed me and I used to resent my parents for always helping other people with their needs, because I felt we never really had the means to actually help others.
“I mean come on mum and dad, what’s the point in helping others if we don’t have a nice Benz to roll around in.” Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it, it’s kind of my point. It’s this cancerous way of thinking that’s causing us to disrespect the world we live in, and leaving a thoughtless trail of negativity for others to adopt. We all do it without even realizing it, we want without purpose and desire without cause. Many of us just aim to obtain the best lifestyle possible, never thinking about building the best life possible.
We can easily and casually overlook self-respect and our duty to pay it forward, so long as we have enough shiny distractions. I reckon it’s a reason why there is so much injustice and inequality in the world. It’s why many of us fail to reach true and lasting fulfillment, we have no idea why we want the things we want, we’re simply encouraged to want them.
I think about the struggles people go through. No doubt, life is difficult. I mean on top of keeping a roof over our heads and food on our tables, we ALL want freedom, we ALL want more bliss, and we ALL want to live in a more positive, more equal and more just world. So why is it so difficult to help each other out?
100 reflections later and I’ve learnt more about myself and life as I know it. I stress the importance of living by your own identity because it causes you to face and overcome your demons, and enables you to share your life with the world you live in. The more comfortable you are with yourself, the more honest you can be and the more positive you become. You’ll learn to understand why you want the things you want and even alter those desires when you realize what it is your truly in search of.
It took me quite a while to completely let go of any agendas that held me back from being myself completely. The more I held onto the idea of fitting in, I filled my life with empty fulfillment. When I broke free from that, I began identifying how much was enough to feel safe and secure. Once I helped myself, I was able to help others and pay it forward.
Over two years ago I started The Lion’s Life. It started out as a way to develop an online profile so that I could say in an interview “I have a blog.” 100 reflections later, I’m turning down promotions and certain job offers because the money no longer motivates me. The life that I want to build does.
“I love this, it’s an inspiration to all!!! Retweeting this!!!”
The day I received my first positive comment was from a supportive friend. I felt something powerful that I had never felt before, it was genuine self-respect. I had inspired someone to do something positive and I felt more rewarded than any possession I had earned.
I stuck to it and then these comments followed:
“We love this blog! …Be Yourself… Everyone Else Is Taken”
“Thank you, through selfless sharing of ideas, thoughts and experiences that will make our world a better place to live.“
“Great post for a week I was feeling a little gloomy! Thanks for the inadvertent boost.”
“What a blog! Thank you for sharing. This is something I definitely needed to read :)”
“Love this! I found the same thing, magical things happen when you have the confidence to pursue your dreams!”
“Beautiful! Thank you for writing this and sharing.”
“So often matters are centric to awareness. Your words are grounding and worthy of reading/heeding.”
When the blog transitioned into a vice that offered support and inspiration to others, I learned that respecting the world we live in (this includes the people in it) and ensuring that we impact it positively, is more important than working to climb any sort of social ladder on my own. They say misery needs company, well the same is true for happiness.
Mum and dad must have known all of this for years, despite anything they went through financially, mum’s smile and heart is still contagious, and dad’s soul still beams bright and full of energy. The lesson they taught me (the one I mentioned at the beginning of this post) is much bigger than I initially thought.
What if every person just aimed to live on this planet, respecting it and leaving a positive impact as they depart.
Just think if we all just graced every single day with optimism, hope and helped each other out. We wouldn’t even need to debate if God exists or not, because God would no longer matter.
I guess the message in my 100th blog post is as follows:
Stay humble and remain honest as you help yourself, help another and help the world.
4 thoughts on “100 Blog Posts: 100 Reflections to Self Respect”
I’m still under the 100 so I’m amazed everyday I look at my computer and see those comments. I love your explanation about self-respect and the feeling that you did something good, but I can’t help but think that people are somehow more honest and more grateful here than in real life. Maybe the anonymous part of blogging helps us see it better, I don’t know. What I wanted to say is – I have tried my best before blogging, helped all my life but after so many years it took me only 60 posts to finally develop this self-respect 🙂 so your theory is right 😀 congrats for the 100 🙂
Thank you! I think the honesty we practise in each post enables us to reach this level of self respect in real life. Whether it takes a handful of posts or a 100, good things will happen. Well done also! Following you now so I can catch your #100!
Thanks for following! 🙂 you’re right about the honesty, I totally agree 🙂